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Safari Helicopter Tours

Heliport, Hilo International Airport, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #15 of 47 activities in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Traveler Description: The Deluxe Volcano/Coast Safari Helicopter tour takes you to over the vent of the Kilauea Volcano System to view the volcanic activity.  This may... more »
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Paducah, Kentucky
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was very pleased with my July 2014 tour out of Hilo, which I luckily scheduled early that day. I saw the increased lava flow from many vantage points and liked the pilot's detailed commentary throughout the flight. It was my first helicopter flight, but I was able to overcome any queasiness because of the smooth ride and comfort of... More

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Raleigh, NC
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were sad when we got rained out but were able to reschedule for the next day. Our pilot was so great and we got to see tons of Lava. My husband and sons really enjoyed it too. A once in a lifetime experience. The only negative is the guy that gave us our instructions on the first day was... More

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Houston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a great experience. The pilot was very knowledgable on the history and geography and his pride in showing off his home was evident. We took the volcano/waterfall tour and it was spectacular. Since lava wasn't flowing to the ocean at the time, it was the only way to see flowing lava. The pilot made sure to fly around... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Before I explain why, I want to give Safari credit for doing a lot of things very well. I was very pleased with the booking process. The helicopter itself was comfortable and air conditioned, and the views were great, even for those who did not get a window seat (important, given that you have no choice where you sit). The... More

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Bay Village, Ohio
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you can take a ride around the island to see water falls and the active volcano. We could still see trees burning and some hot lava.

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Singapore, Singapore
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Nice staff, really great views in a 6-passenger helicopter. It was lightly raining but the tour was still ok. Nice pilot, easy booking. The aircraft is quite stable but the pilot may spiral to give everybody a good view and that can be a bit hard on your stomach. Overall, we loved it.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Booked several weeks in advance, drove over 2 hours from Kona to get there--was sitting in the helicopter and the tour got cancelled due to poor weather conditions. We were told that if everyone in the helicopter wanted to book for later in the afternoon that they would add a flight in the afternoon. Unfortunately, only 4 of the 6... More

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Dallas, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It was raining in the morning and we were worried that the trip would be cancelled. It cleared up by our afternoon trip, but started raining a little over the volcano. It made the scene very other worldly as the steam rose up off the hot land. The pilot did a great job finding some places where the lava came... More

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New England
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90 reviews 90 reviews
16 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We booked this tour from home by email. I also had called them for info. I liked that they would not charge the credit card until the day of the tour. This was convenient for me as I was making the reservations for 4 people , but only paying for 2 of us. We had a brief orientation and were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We booked a helicopter tour with another company originally and they charged our credit card only to later advise us that the time and date we wanted was already booked. By that time it was quite close to our vacation and we only had one day available at Hilo. Safari Helicorter Tours was very accomodating. They did not have a... More

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